Scandinavia is far from the easiest place for the former Liverpool boss to go for his first game in charge of the Three Lions, but tipster Adam Bate expects a hard-fought victory
The new boss could benefit from the unusually low expectations surrounding the national team ahead of Euro 2012.
But make no mistake – Hodgson will still be expected to get a result in a country he knows well having coached at Norwegian club Viking.
England are 11/10 (2.10) to win with Sportingbet. The draw is available at 9/4 (3.25).
The nightmare scenario for the new manager is a Norway win that would heap pressure on him just weeks into the job.
The home side are well capable of pulling off such a result. They only finished below Portugal on goal difference in qualifying, and beating Cristiano Ronaldo & Co. in Oslo. Norway are 11/5 (3.20) to win here.
A repeat of the 2-0 defeat in Norway that ruined Graham Taylor’s hopes of England success is available at 14/1 (15.00).
In the goalscorer markets, Norway’s Mohammed Abdellaoue has a respectable strike record in the Bundesliga, reaching double figures in each of his last two seasons with Hannover.
The Scandinavian attacker is 8/1 (9.00) with Sportingbet to net first.
For the visitors, the price of 8/1 (9.00) for Ashley Young to score first is a fair one given that the Manchester United dead-ball specialist has netted in five of his last eight games for England.
But it is to the other markets we must turn for the pick of the bets - and they hinge on how Hodgson will approach this one.
Consider the words of England’s James Milner on Thursday. The Manchester City midfielder said: "The lads are getting pretty clear on how we're going to set up and how we're going to play."
Asked about the manager’s impact, he added: "His thoughts when we've got the ball and when we haven't got the ball, that's the biggest thing."
This focus on drilling England to be well-disciplined will be a major feature of Hodgson’s England. And against a side that conceded just two goals at home in qualifying it points to a tight game.
The pick of the bets is to back under 2.5 goals at 7/10 (1.70) with Sportingbet.
Expect Hodgson to focus on a solid effort prior to the break before adopting a more expansive approach after the interval when substitutes can play their part.
For the Value Bet, back Draw/England at HT/FT at 4/1 (5.00).
|Under 2.5 goals at 7/10 (1.70) with Sportingbet
||Draw/England at HT/FT at 4/1 (5.00) with Sportingbet
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